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Most people, if not everyone, knows that asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma. However, it might not be clear to most people which type of asbestos causes mesothelioma. If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, you might be wondering if the type of asbestos you or your loved one was exposed to was the cause of the disease. So, which kind of asbestos can cause mesothelioma? Read on to find out.

Defining Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used for many commercial uses in the 20th century because of its properties. Asbestos is, among other things, resistant to water, resistant to chemicals, and resistant to electricity.

Asbestos is a dangerous mineral that causes life-threatening diseases such as mesothelioma. Because of this, there are individuals and organizations out there dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through advocacy, education, and community. One of these organizations is the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). In 2020, the organization won the Right to Know Lawsuit. Afterward, ADAO won a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to ADAO and its partners, the agreement would make sure the EPA conducts its work on asbestos with enough information. Recently, the agency published a related proposal. Here is more information about this proposal.

EPA’s Proposal

The EPA recently proposed a rule that would require importers, manufacturers, and processors of asbestos and asbestos-contaminated products to report all asbestos uses for the last four years. According to the proposed rule, manufacturers or processors of asbestos-contaminated products would need to share information about all asbestos uses, the quantity of asbestos used, and where exposure has occurred. Currently, much of this information is not a requirement. The proposal also covers articles with unintended impurities like asbestos-contaminated talc products.

It can be scary to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, the rare type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. One of the top questions that people ask regarding mesothelioma is, “How long will I live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma?” Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly cancer, and, unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease. However, the good news is that people with mesothelioma can extend their life expectancies well beyond their initial prognosis with treatment.

Mesothelioma Life Expectancies

Mesothelioma life expectancy is a medical professional’s prediction regarding how long you have to live after a mesothelioma diagnosis. A mesothelioma patient’s life expectancy is an important part of their prognosis.

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